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Manning Finishes Whirlwind Law School Career

May 12, 2011

Lauren Manning, '11, will be among the honors graduates at the Pacific McGeorge commencement this month after completing a whirlwind senior year that included a prestigious fall semester externship with the California Supreme Court.

Manning is one of the few graduates in Pacific McGeorge history to spend an entire semester working off-campus while still keeping pace toward a three-year degree. With the blessing of the Field Placement Program, she moved to San Francisco last August to clerk for Justice Joyce Kennard of the state high court. It was a rewarding experience for Manning, who has packed a lot of work and travel into her law school years. And it was all on fast throttle after starting law school as an Evening Division student.

"I had to rent a small, expensive studio apartment in the nearby Tenderloin District to be walking distance from the court," Manning said. "It was exciting, hard work being in Justice Kennard's chambers. One time, she had her entire staff going over a written opinion line-by-line and word-by-word."

"Each justice takes two or three clerks a year," Manning said. "Almost all of them are from UC Berkeley, UC Hastings or USF because of their proximity. I felt honored to have the opportunity to be there. It was well-worth the inconvenience of moving back-and-forth to the Bay Area."

During her law school career, Manning also studied in Russia and at Oxford University in England. In addition, she was an extern at the California Commission on State Mandates the summer after her first year. Back on campus, she was a member of the McGeorge Law Review. A comment she authored was published in the journal's most recent issue.

A graduate of UC Santa Cruz (B.A. in Legal Studies) who went to high school right here in Oak Park (Christian Brothers), Manning will be receive an Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award at the commencement ceremony on May 14, 201l.